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The Laboratory for Archaeometric Analysis and Research (LAIA) was born in 2009 with the aim of developing and positioning the eesearch line of Archaeometry at the Universidad de Tarapacá (UTA) and Chile in an initiative funded by MECESUP-Mineduc (UTA0801) and the Universidad de Tarapacá’s Performance Agreement Mineduc. This initiative arises from the need to contribute to the improvement and development of innovative research in archeology, with first class scientific equipment. In particular, generate knowledge about our recent prehispanic past through the use of physical-chemical analysis of archaeological materials.

In the laboratory, applies different physicochemical analysis techniques (SEM-EDX and Raman) and In-situ (portable XRF) supplemented with the use of geomatics technologies and geospatial analysis records of findings and archaeological sites combine.